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Kaylee and Michael, 2016 Wedding #5

Kaylee and Michael, 2016 Wedding #5

Okay so in college there were 5 of us. Kaylee, Maggie, Emily, Angela, and me! This wedding was particularly special because it was the first time since graduation (over 3.5 years ago) that all of us have been together! Crazy.

I want to take this opportunity to talk a little about me trying to make friends at Purdue….it wasn’t easy for me. I didn’t really have any ride or die good friends until I met Ang second semester sophomore year. Until then, I was pretty miserable. I had so many friends in high school, and I’ve never had any trouble making friends, so I was frustrated at Purdue…not to mention how hard classes were. I was knocked off my valedictorian ass reeeeal quick. In electrical engineering at Purdue, everyone is a valedictorian or the equivalent. And it was like dog eat dog. Few people would really help you because everyone was in competition to try and be the smartest. I didn't care about being the smartest, I just wanted to pass my classes and move on. Anyway, here’s the thing….engineering as an American female SUCKED even more. I was automatically assumed to be the least intelligent person in the class when I walked in. Dressing the way I did didn't really help my case either because I dressed up and looked cute for class. Then I started learning that if I wanted TA's to help me, or get a good lab partner, I needed to look like an engineer. So...on the first day of any class or lab...I would purposely try and look as bad as possible. I would wear my glasses and no makeup and basic clothes. It's really sad, but it's true. Let the record show that I am not saying that engineers are unattractive!!! Lol It's just that I had to learn to try and fit in more with the engineering crowd in order to be taken seriously...and the combination of the way I dressed and my outgoing personality didn't fit in. (Side note: Once I made it through the first 3 years, classes got smaller, I made friends in my major, and I started to get a little respect around the EE academic crowd. I think the attitude of others around me changed to, this girl made it this far, she must not be that stupid....so then TA's and other kids were nicer and more helpful.)

Moving on... we've established what most people probably already assumed...that there were very few females in electrical engineering…I think it was around 11% total including international students. Of the females that there were in EE…most of the girls I met in the beginning only cared about school and/or we didn't have much in common. I cared about school tremendously, but it wasn’t everything to me. I am extremely social and liked to go out and have fun when I could. I had a couple good friends to eat with and go out with on the weekends, but I didn’t really have a group, per-say. The friends that I had, weren’t in engineering and didn’t have to study as much as I did. Therefore I couldn’t hang out with them as much and so they kind of moved on and made other friends.

Then I met Ang in class and she introduced me to Emily. Both of them were EE’s as well and literally, I consider it a small miracle that we found each other. We three became inseparable and it’s amazing what happened to my overall morale once I met them. I had good friends to study with, I met some other cool people in EE, AND they liked to be social and go out like I did. We always joke about this, but as we progressed in school, the classes got harder, we went out MORE, and somehow we got better grades. We spent so many hours studying and in the lab that we had to go out on the weekends just to keep our sanity. I should’ve known then that engineering wasn’t for me…instead I had an, “It’ll be worth it in the end.” attitude. I won’t go into that now though.

Next, enter Kaylee and Maggs. I forget exactly how we all came to be, but they were roommates when I met them. Quickly we all became a group and it was great. I am always happy to make new friends! I’m sure a lot of people have friend groups like this…where when you’re all together, you all talk at the same exact time, and yet somehow, everyone knows what everyone else is saying. Hahaha I laugh just picturing us. It makes me very happy. My mom probably won’t be too enthused to read this, but we would all go out together, make it home in various states….and then in the morning in our group message we would try to piece together what all happened the night before. Classic college life. I just remember those mornings so well….reading the messages and laughing my ass off remembering what all went down. Does anyone else have similar college memories????

So that’s a little friendship/college history for you. Now to the wedding and actual purpose for this post.

It was our second wedding of the Labor Day weekend and was located at The Barn of Coatesville in Coatesville, IN….which is like 45 minutes east of Indy in the middle of nowhere. The barn was really cute and nice!! It was decorated beautifully with awesome chandeliers. You’ll be able to see from the pictures. Kaylee was so beautiful. We were talking about what kind of dress we thought she would be in before the wedding and I guessed puffiness level = 4…and I was spot on! Haha I wasn’t sure how the top of her dress would be, but I loved the look. You could tell that she felt really good in the dress and it suited her perfectly. We had so much fun!!! There was wine aplenty and we danced and laughed. I even got Greg to dance with me for like 3.4 minutes. Emily and Ang both brought their boyfriends so all the boys got to hang out while us girls were catching up. There were also some Purdue people at the wedding that I hadn’t seen in a while so that was cool too. This wedding was probably my favorite wedding of the year so far because it brought us all together.

Now for the only part that you guys actually care about. Sorry I just felt like getting our story out!

Outfit details! This dress though!!!! #floralqueen That's what I felt like in it!!! I got it from SheIn. This was my first purchase from SheIn. I ordered this dress and another, and it was about what I expected. The clothes are inexpensive so I expected there to be some fit issues. Luckily, this dress fit perfectly!! The other dress I got was too small and wouldn't zip up the back. I was going to give it to my sister...but before I went to send it to her, I was unzipping it to try it on again and the zipper just broke.....so there went that option. Next idea I had was to just cut the top off of it and wear it as a skirt. So that's what I did and I like it, but I have yet to wear it. I'll figure something out later. Anyway, you can find this wonderful blue floral dress here! My white pumps are J.Crew, found here. It's funny to me that I paired a $20 dress with $250 pumps...that's just how I roll I guess! You could wear just about any statement necklace with this dress as long as it was high contrasting. Something like this or this works well.

PNW, Outdoor Life.

PNW, Outdoor Life.

Friend Feature: Emmy

Friend Feature: Emmy